Jack Beaumont was the only player from either side to score more than 40 runs, but his fine knock of 78 was not enough to prevent Copdock & Old Ipswichian from suffering an opening day four-wicket defeat to Frinton-on-Sea in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League on Saturday.
The sweltering conditions and the 26.2 miles of roads ahead of them failed to deter a huge number of local runners, from Suffolk and North-East Essex, from conquering the 38th staging of the London Marathon on Sunday.
Lewis Sullivan and April Hill led the way as Suffolk enjoyed a successful day at the annual English Schools Cross Country Championships, held in bitterly cold conditions at Temple Newsam Park in Leeds on Saturday.
Jack Millar, despite veering off course on a couple of occasions, recovered to finish a marvellous fourth in the junior men’s race at the English National Cross Country Championships, held at Parliament Hill Fields on Hampstead Heath in North-West London on Saturday.
Suffolk’s remarkable run of success in the annual Anglian Schools Cross Country Championships continued apace with another dominant display, this time on home turf at Royal Hospital School in Holbrook last Saturday.
In the current climate, with all the talk of equal pay and gender inequality in the work-place, as well as in the sporting world, it is perhaps fitting to cast an eye over our own sport of cross country.